Odorrana graminea (Boulenger, 1900)

Class: Amphibia > Order: Anura > Family: Ranidae > Genus: Odorrana > Species: Odorrana graminea

English Names

Large Odorous Frog (Fei, Ye, and Jiang, 2012, Colored Atlas Chinese Amph. Distr.: 370). 


Subtropical China from southern Anhui and northern Zhejiang west to extreme southern Gansu, Hunan, southeastern Sichuan, and southern Yunnan on the Myanmar, north-central Thailand, Laos, and Vietnam borders to Hainan I.; reported from Dien Bien, Bac Kan, Lang Son, and Lam Dong provinces in northern Vietnam, although expected in eastern Myanmar and northern Laos. See comment. 


Removed from the synonymy of Rana livida by Bain, Lathrop, Murphy, Orlov, and Ho, 2003, Am. Mus. Novit., 3417: 24 (who also presented an account on page 24-27), where it had been placed by Bourret, 1942, Batr. Indochine: 371. Fei, Hu, Ye, and Huang, 2009, Fauna Sinica, Amph. 3: 1219-1224, provided an account, figures, and map for China and placed it in their monotypic Odorrana (Odorrana) graminea group. Fei, Ye, and Jiang, 2010, Colored Atlas of Chinese Amph.: 328-329, provided a brief account including photographs of specimens and habitat. Shi, 2011, Amph. Rept. Fauna Hainan: 95-97, provided an account for Hainan of what is likely this species as Rana lividaFei, Ye, and Jiang, 2012, Colored Atlas Chinese Amph. Distr.: 370–371, provided an account, photographs, and a range map. Xiong, Li, and Jiang, 2015, Zootaxa, 3963: 201–229, reported on lineage divergence within nominal Odorrana graminea on the basis of morphology and molecular data, showing it to be composed of at least two species, forming a paraphyletic group with respect to a population in north-central Thailand that has previously been associated with Odorrana chloronota. Although the authors refrained from rendering a taxonomic remedy, the eastern lineage is found roughly east of a line from just west of Macau to the north-northwest to central Hunan, with the type locality being associated with the population west of this line. The reason for not he authors noted there is a tangle of poorly fixed names (e.g., Rana leporipes, Rana nebulosa, and Rana nebulosa), which the authors recognized as species of Odorrana and likely associated with the Odorrana graminea complex. Pham, An, Herbst, Bonkowski, Ziegler, and Nguyen, 2017, Bonn Zool. Bull., 66: 37–53, provided records for Cao Bang Province, Vietnam, along with observations on morphology and natural history. Shen, 2014, Fauna Hunan, Amph.: 247–251, provided an account for Hunan, China. Li, 2011, Amph. Rept. Guangdong: 52, provided a brief account for Guangdong, China, and photograph. Zhang, 2017, Amph. Rept. Fanjing Mts.: 127–130, provided taxonomic and natural history information for the Fanjing Mountains population in northeastern Guizhou, China. Luong, Nguyen, Le, Nguyen, and Nguyen, 2019, Herpetol. Notes, 12: 375–387, provided records from Dien Bien Province, Vietnam, and discussed the range and natural history. Chen, Li, Zhai, Zhu, He, Wang, Li, Jiang, Xiong, and Chen, 2020, Mol. Phylogenet. Evol., 144 (106701): 1–15, suggested on molecular grounds that this nominal species is composed of three lineages: A (west of a line Changyang, Hubei, to Gongchen, Guangxi); B (including the type locality on Hainan I., but otherwise in western Guangdong to central Guangxi); and C (east of a line Changyang, Hubei, to Gongchen, Guangxi).        

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